Is an internet fast lane fair to consumers?

Posted at 7:47 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 22:47:25-04

There is no delay in your lights coming on just because your bill is lower than your neighbors.

That's how utilities work--- we all get equal access to it.

But should the same be true for the internet? 

Let's say you're trying to use FaceTime on an Apple device.

Your WiFi is connected, everything is good to go, but for some reason it just won't work.

Someone else's may work perfectly fine, but only because their cell phone company has a relationship with the internet service provider or has paid big bucks to move their traffic faster than the competition.

Under current Federal Communication Commission rules, that is not allowed.

But some worry it could be soon.

Those in favor of net neutrality say keeping the rules in place guarantees equal access for everyone---just like electricity or gas.

But critics say It's not necessary, and the industry can police itself.

Last week the FCC voted to roll back regulations allowing for fewer or even no rules at all to keep internet service providers from throttling consumers.

But it's not over, yet.

The FCC wants to know what you think and is taking public comment on its website through August 17, 2017.

Go to the website  and type "17-108" for "Proceedings."